Are you looking for a hotel in Aruba, but don’t know where to start? It’s overwhelming! There’s so many hotels and resorts the fear of missing out kicks in.

Make a bad decision and you might hear it for the rest of your life from your family.

I know the feeling. You’re not the only one having trouble finding a resort in Aruba.

I made this guide to give you basic understanding of the resorts in Aruba and hopefully help you in the planning stage to finding a place to stay, that you won’t regret!

This guide only takes into consideration hotels in the low rise and high rise areas that are on the beach. Of course, there’s plenty of other accommodation on the island, you can research on them.

After reading this guide you will have narrowed down your choice for the best hotel in Aruba for you.



First Consider High Rise & Low Rise Area

A good place to start when narrowing down choices to find the best resort in Aruba for you, is to consider if you want to stay in the high rise or low rise area.

Hotels in the low rise area are located on Eagle Beach. And the hotels in the high rise area are on Palm Beach. Both beaches are part of the same shoreline. 

Miles of beach sands…

Do you want to be close to action, nightlife, attraction, watersport, bars, restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters? If so, consider a hotel in high rise area.

However, if you’re looking to hit the beach most of the day and just relax. After the beach, eat at restaurants, go shopping and get a feel for the nightlife in Aruba without feeling the need to be in the middle of the action consider a hotel in the low rise area.

Transportation between the two areas can be done by taxi, bus or renting a car.




Is there a difference between Palm Beach and Eagle Beach?

The beach at Eagle is wider and more private compared to Palm Beach. It can be very crowded at Palm, but the water here is calmer compared to Eagle Beach.

Eagle beach has palapas which are spaced pretty far apart, compared to Palm Beach.

Palm has more water sports activities and excursions compared to Eagle.

Both beaches may have their differences, but they are equally beautiful and must experience if you’re on the island.

Once you decide between Palm or Eagle beach, you should be closer to finding the best resort in Aruba for you.

This view can be yours…

Best Hotels in Aruba For Families

If you’re travelling with smaller kids you would be interested in resorts that have the best kid amenities, kid friendly restaurants, kids pool with child friendly features, a beach that is not to rough and easily accessible.

Consider hotels in Aruba like…

  • Marriott Surf Club
  • Playa Linda
  • Hilton
  • Costa Linda

If you’re traveling with teenagers and young adults, and they want to be close to the fun and food, consider hotels in Aruba like

  • Playa Linda
  • Hyatt
  • Holiday Inn


Best Resorts For Couples in Aruba

If spending more time connecting with your loved one is on your list look into these resorts in Aruba that can make your dreams come true!

  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
  • Manchebo

Best Resort in Aruba For Beach Bums

If the beach is high on your list of things to do consider a hotel in Aruba that is on the beach.

Luckily nearly all of the resorts on the island are practically on the beach, here’s a few suggestions…

  • Divi All Inclusive
  • Tamarijn All Inclusive
  • Aruba Beach Club (also good for older relatives)
  • Amsterdam Manor
  • Paradise Beach Villas


Best Resort For Budget Travelers in Aruba

If you’re traveling to Aruba on a budget and you’re looking for cheap hotels in Aruba, the best ways to find hotels is to rent from timeshare owners or the budget hotels in Aruba.

Here are the following suggestions for budget hotels in Aruba…

  • Playa Linda (rent from timeshare owner)
  • Costa Linda (rent from timeshare owner)
  • Holiday Inn
  • Paradise Beach Villas

Related Article – How To Really Plan A Cheap Aruba Vacation

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Best Resort For LGBT Community

Looking for LGBT friendly hotels? Choose between…

  • Marriott stellaris Casino
  • Divi All Inclusive
  • Amsterdam Manor
  • Bucuti
  • Hyatt
  • RIU Antillas
  • Manchebo
  • Hilton




Best Aruba All Inclusive Resorts

If you want to go all inclusive, eat all you want, drink all you can, and enjoy unlimited activities look into the best all inclusive resorts in Aruba.

  • Tamarijn All Inclusive
  • Divi All Inclusive
  • RIU Antillas
  • Barcelo

How To Decide Between All Inclusive Or Not in Aruba

Resorts Mentioned in This Article

By now you’ve surely narrowed down your choice to find the best resort in Aruba for you.

Now you can confidently do some more research on the resort before you book.

Here’s more information on the hotels in Aruba mentioned in this article.


Costa Linda Beach Resort

Costa Linda is located on the low rise area.

The resort offers 2 and 3 bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and ocean view balconies.

Playa Linda Beach Resort

Playa Linda is located on the high rise area and has 214 suites from one bed room, two bedrooms (including kitchen).

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is known as one of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean. It’s located on Eagle Beach and it’s an adults-only resort.

Manchebo Beach Resort

Manchebo is a boutique style hotel located on Eagle Beach.

It has a faboulous spa, three a-la-carte restaurants, a fun pool bar with a daily happy hour.

Marriott Surf Club

Marriott surf club is one of the family friendly resorts in Aruba famous for the lazy river and waterslides for kids.

Each room has a balcony with beach or garden view. One, two, or three bedrooms (including kitchen).

Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers oceanfront guest rooms and suites. They also offer a 24/7 fitness center. Try your luck at their Stellaris Casino open 24 hours a day.

Divi All Inclusive

Divi is a all inclusive resort located just steps away from the ocean at Eagle Beach.

The rooms have garden view, pool view, beachside, oceanview and oceanfront. Can you imagine unlimited beverages at 7 different bars?

Tamarijn All Inclusive

Tamarijn is also located on eagle beach and has over 200 oceanfront rooms.

The rooms offers two queen beds or a king bed with balcony or patio. There are 10 dining options, seven bars to choose from.

Barcelo

The all-inclusive Barcelo Aruba located on the Palm Beach offers 370 rooms and suites, perfect for honeymooners and families alike. And with seven restaurants and four bars to choose from.

RIU Antillas

RIU Antillas adults-only resort is one of the first hotels on the high rise area’s.

It’s located on palm beach and has over 400 rooms. Offering an all inclusive 24-hour service. There are also three restaurants, and a pool bar.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

This resort offers the luxuries of a large resort at Eagle Beach. This Resort is situated right in front of the islands’ landmark, the two fofoti trees.

Aruba Beach Club

The Aruba Beach Club is also great for families that travel with older relatives (in walkers and scooters). The rooms are close to the beach. There’s lots of paved surfaces. They have 131 comfortable and fully equipped apartments including kitchen.

Paradise Beach Villas

This beachfront resort is located right across the long stretched white sand at Eagle Beach. This resort offers 2 large swimming pools, jacuzzis, bars and a Peruvian restaurant.

Hyatt Regency Resort

The Hyatt Regency is located on the Palm Beach and offers 357 rooms. They also have a slide for kids. There’s also a wide variety of water sports activities available here.

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn offers beach front accommodations and is located in the heart of Palm Beach. Just steps away from the beach and activities.

Hilton

Each room at the Hilton has private balcony or patio. Great for couples and kids. There’s a zero entry pool for kids and the resort also has activities for kids.  




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Are you dying to visit Aruba, but keep putting it off because you think it’s too expensive? You’re not the only one looking for cheap Aruba vacations.

Travel expenses have gone up during the years in the Caribbean region, but if you research and plan smart, you can save money in Aruba.

Here’s some of the top tips and strategies you can use to find the cheapest flights to Aruba and save money on accommodation, food and get discount on activities.

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Walking the beach strip near fisherman’s hut…

How To Book Cheap Trips To Aruba

Aruba is one of the easiest places to reach in the Caribbean because of the amount of airline carriers that service the island.

There’s over 100 direct flights to Aruba every week from 14 gateways in North America. Don’t forget the one-stop connections from almost every city in the US. And all the other international gateways around the world.

The price for airfare to Aruba is determined by different factors…

  • where you’re departing from
  • non stop flight or layovers
  • seat demand & supply
  • season (christmas, carnival, low, high, hurricane)
  • days ahead of purchase

All of these factors are outside of our control.

How can you avoid seeing the price of flights to Aruba drop a few days after you buy it, or watch it go over your budget because you hesitate to click?

One of the best strategies is to set the amount you’re willing to pay for a flight to paradise.

Once you’re comfortable with that number, if you see anything near it, buy it! Most likely prices aren’t going down, and if you do manage to get tickets below your starting price – hooray!

You’re well on your way on a cheap Aruba vacation.

Here’s some useful tips to booking affordable flights to Aruba.

  • look for flights that have layovers
  • be flexible with your flying dates
  • fly in from another state
  • use flight alerts for low fare notification by email
  • search for flights in incognito browser
  • look for budget airlines
  • watch for flash sales at airlines

What if the airlines drops the prices much lower after you purchased your flight?

Depending on the airline, you can receive a refund for the difference if you claim it within 24 hours (contact airline and ask for approval).


Cheap Places To Stay in Aruba

One of the most expensive things on your budget is accommodation, you’re better off looking for affordable places to stay in Aruba.

Aruba has big resorts that can costs hundreds of dollars per night. But if you don’t have a big budget, you can also find a place to stay at the other accommodations that the island has to offer.

Depending on how much you want to spend per night, you will definitely find some budget hotels in Aruba.

Take a look at…

  • Bed & Breakfast hotels
  • Rent a beach house
  • Rent From Timeshare Owners
  • Smaller apartments

Rates below $100 below per night are possible, and close to the beach!

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How To Save Money on Fine Dining

Aruba is known to have the best culinary scene in the Caribbean region.

There’s over 200 places to eat on the island!

How can you get a taste of the Caribbean dishes and international cuisines, without paying hundreds of dollars on the bill at some of the top class restaurants on the island?

Experience fine dining without spending hundreds of dollars

Get 15% Off Your Restaurant Check on Mondays

Do you have an American Express card?

If the answer is yes, you are eligible to get a 15% discount on your final bill at selected restaurants in Aruba.

This deal is only available on Mondays (and not valid in combination with other special offers)!

Aruba has over 200 restaurants, but the deal is only available at 10 restaurants.

Hopefully you have a craving for Asian Cuisine, fresh fish (and seafood), sushi, local cuisine, and international dishes, just to name a few of the culinary options available.

Here’s the following restaurants you can enjoy this special discount on…

  • Salt & Pepper (international cuisine & tapas)
  • Dragonfly (sushi & asian cuisine)
  • Tango Argentine Grill (Argentinian grill & open charcoal)
  • Fishes & More (international cuisine & seafood)
  • Sopranos Piano Bar (sing along piano bar)
  • Nos Clubhuis (local seafood)
  • Hadicurari  (international cuisine & seafood)
  • Moomba Beach (beach bar & international cuisine)
  • Cafe The Plaza (international & Dutch cuisine)
  • Que Pasa (international fusion cuisine)

If you’re staying on the island (on a Monday), take advantage of this special and pay with your american express card to receive a 15% discount on your final bill.

Take Advantage of Early Bird Dinners

Early bird specials contains appetizers, main course and dessert. Price range from $20 – $40 per person.




Book Activities Online & Receive Discounts

If you have some activities you would definitely like to do, you can save money if you book them online. Some companies like island excursions, snorkel tours, fishing excursions, horseback riding, sunset sails, restaurants, offer a discount if you book online.

You can save some serious cash by pre-booking ahead of your arrival.

You can either book directly online from the companies, or from third party vendors like Viator.

Related Article – 21 Unusual Activities You Haven’t Thought About Doing in Aruba

Other Money Saving Tips in Aruba

Here are some other useful information to help you plan a cheap Aruba vacation.


Take The Bus Around The Island

Arubus N.V. is the public bus in that services all major areas of the island.

The main bus station is located in front the Cruise Terminal in Oranjestad. Line 10, Line 10A, and Line 10B takes you to the beach and hotel areas. 

Retour Card for $5.00, valid for 2 trips on the day of initial use.

Day pass for $10.00 valid for unlimited trips on the day of initial use.

Take The Taxi When You Need It

Taxis are available 24 hours in Aruba.

What’s the average price for a ride? It depends on the distance, use the average of $31.00 from airport to high rise hotels.

Rent Vehicles Outside of the Airport

I recommend not renting a car at the airport, if you can avoid it. Because airports charge extra taxes and rental fees that can easily be avoided. 

How To Rent A Car in Aruba Without Overpaying on Taxes & Fees

Coupons Save You Big Cash

One of the best ways to save money on the island is to search for coupons!

Free drinks, wines, $5 off or 15% or more discount adds up to your savings.

Where can you find these coupons?

Easily findable as you enter the airport arrival hall. There you should find greeters with bags of souvenirs. Or at your hotel concierge desk.

Bring your own snorkeling gear

Renting gear costs on average $15.00 – $25.00 Buying your own gear costs nearly the same (or less if you get a bargain).

Having your own snorkeling gear is handy, instead of losing precious time finding one, that you might end up not liking.


Rent a place with a kitchen

Find a affordable place to stay with a kitchen.

Bring your own dry foods (that you can’t do without),

Go to local supermarket, buy grocery, cook breakfast, lunch, save money for fine dining, activities or your next trip to Aruba. 

Related Article – How To Visit Aruba on A Budget


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Living in Aruba is great!

It gives me the unique opportunity to explore the island at my own pace, when I want, and my journeys always lead me to find new places most tourists (and locals) don’t know much about.  

This time I made it to the other side of the island, to Boca Grandi Beach.

It’s not a new place for me, also not to those who have traveled to Aruba for years. However, this time I discovered new things to do here that made me fall in love all over again with this beach.

Let me tell you..

It’s not like any other of the beaches in Aruba, or in the world even.

Boca Grandi is known for one of the best kitesurfing spots on the island.

This beach is different.

It’s off the radar for most tourist and locals.

There’s no palm trees, but grape trees (edible, grows seasonally).

White sand, miles of it, and dunes covered in green flora and all of this beauty surrounded by clear blue waters.

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Beautiful sand dunes at boca Grandi beach…

It’s not easy to reach Boca Grandi, but if you dare to make the journey, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenic views and a private beach to call your own for the day.

In this article I explain how to get Boca Grandi, the top things to do here besides kite surfing just in case you decide to explore Aruba and find this “undiscovered beach”.

And some other helpful tips to make your experience here one to remember.

Where is Boca Grandi Beach?

It’s far from the hotel area, but not hard to find.

The bus doesn’t pass here. Taxis can drop you here,  but this is an expensive ride, compared to renting your own car or jeep in Aruba.

If you decide to rent a car, drive from the hotel area back to the airport and keep driving on the highway to the south side of the island. Stay on this highway following this direction through Pos Chiquito, Savaneta, San Nicolas until you reach Sero Colorado (it’s the same drive to baby beach).  

You will drive on the giant bridge in the background on your way to boca Grandi…

When you approach the entrance of Sero Colorado, you’re going to see a giant red anker.

The road to the left of the anchor leads to Boca Grandi beach, and the road to the right leads to baby beach.

The drive from hotel area to boca grandi can be 30 – 45 minute depending on traffic.



Before Boca Grandi Stop & Learn About The Red Anchor

Before you reach Boca Grandi Beach you’re going to notice a giant red anchor.

It’s not just any anchor.

This anchor laid on the bottom of the ocean near the coastal waters of Boca Grandi for decades, until it was accidentally discovered by members of a tugboat crew who worked for the nearby refinery on the island in 1970’s.

This anchor not only marks, the entrance to Boca Grandi Beach, but this anchor is also an important part of history for the island.

It’s dedicated to all seamen who worked in the refinery after it closed for good in 1985.

The anchor is approximately 10 feet 6 inches wide and 15 feet 6 inches tall and manufactured in Germany in the 1960’s.

This picture will be iconic.

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When you see this anchor, you know you’re close to boca Grandi, stop and get closer to this anchor, it has history….

The anchor continues to be “a must see” and one the most photographed landmarks on the island, by both locals and visitors alike.

Follow the road to the left of the anchor to drive to Boca Grandi Beach (the road to the right of the anchor leads to Baby Beach).

Related Article – Escape the Crowds by Visiting This Secluded Beach in Aruba

Spend The Day At The Beach How You Really Want!

Boca Grandi beach is not the traditional tourist beach, it’s mostly isolated with no amenities.

The stretch of beach here is over 1 kilometers of soft sand that turns slightly pink everytime the waves touches the shores.

Imagine what you can do on this beach that is generally undiscovered…

  • Relax, unbothered, like there’s no tomorrow
  • Sun bath and get tan
  • Have a picnic or lunch here
  • Long beach walks, and find great clean areas to swim
  • Hike
  • Read a book, undisturbed
  • What’s your favorite thing to do on the beach? You can do it here!

Boca Grandi is windy, the currents are known to be strong here, swimming is not advised in the deep blue, but staying on the shores is advisable and safe.

If you want shade from the sun, sit under one of the man made shacks.

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There’s a few of these shacks on the beach…

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Shade from the Caribbean sun…

There’s no supermarkets near Boca Grandi (only a small kitesurfing school with a small beach bar).

If you plan to spend a day, or at least a few hours at this beach, come fully prepared with food, water and drinks.

Before you go to the beach in Aruba, make sure you have checked off your list of must have items when on the beach.

Walk The Beach and Find Your Next Souvenir

Walk on miles of sand and discover the beach!

There’s no telling what you’ll find on your walks. You might see a gang of goats or if you get lucky our local donkeys roaming near the dunes or walking from a distance.

Or just walk around the dunes and see the island from a different perspective.

This is how beautiful is looks here at boga grandi…

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Can you imagine yourself standing between beautiful dunes…

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Boca Grandi beach is different, it’s unique, it’s beautiful…

If you have a great eye for “what can be” you can walk into cool driftwood, and organic materials that washed up on the shore that you can use for souvenirs.

You never know what you’ll find.

It’s always curious to find out what the ocean brings to shore….

This is what I found on one of my walks…

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Walk the miles of white beach and find something awesome…

Learn How To Kitesurf (or Just Watch For Fun)

Boca Grandi Beach has on-shore winds, strong currents and plenty of small waves.

There’s a kitesurf shack on the beach, and they offer lessons. If you’re interested in a lesson or rentals don’t hesitate to ask around.

Just incase kitesurfing is not your thing, watching from the sidelines is also interesting, as surfers fly across the ocean.

Isn’t this view a beautiful one?

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Learn the art of kite surfing in Aruba from the best instructors…

Remember This Before You Visit Boca Grandi Beach

Boca Grandi Beach is surrounded by white sand dunes, and flora, so it’s important to conserve this piece of nature.

Remember this before you visit boca grandi (or any beach on the island)…

  • Do not drive on the sand or dunes (explore them by foot)
  • Keep the beach clean (no plastic, glass or cigarette on the beach)
  • Park the car before the beach sand starts and walk over the dunes to the beach.

Help keep our beaches sparkling like a gem.

Don’t drive on the sand or dunes.

Keep our beaches clean!

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Please do not drive on the beach or dunes…it’s illegal!

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Aruba is more beautiful when it’s clean…

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Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly Aruba news reports.

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What You Need To Know About The New Tax 2018

The tax in Aruba will increase as of July 1, 2018.

At the moment taxes are 3,5% (BBO 2,5% – BAZV 1%). The tax is going to change in two segments. The BAZV will be increased by 1% and a new tax will be introduced (BAVP 1,5% – Belasting Additionele Voorzieningen PPP projecten)

According to the prime minister, BAVP is a temporary tax that will go towards paying for the PPP (public private partnerships) projects approved by the previous government (Green Corridor & Watty Vos Boulevard). And the tax was also implemented in order to reform the tax department on the island into a more fair and simple system.

Foundations like CARTAC (Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre) and IMF (International Monetary Fund) will be helping the government.

The banks in Aruba had exonoration since 2007 from paying taxes (BBO) on income generated from their services (administration fees & interest rate).

But the exoneration will end and they will have to pay their fare share to the government.

So for example, if the bank charges 5 Aruban guilders ($3.00) for transaction or administrative fee’s (30 cent of this 5 guilders has to go the the government – and the bank keeps the rest).

There’s been lots of rumors that the bank will start to charge 6% on every transaction, as a fee, but not this is not true. However, it does depends on the banks if they will increase certain fees in order to pay the 6% tax on their earnings.

It’s possible that the price for white bread (which is in the basic food goods) can increase, but this is not yet official (still being discussed between government and bakers).




Wind Farm Project in Urirama Discontinued

The government revoked the permission to build a wind farm in Urirama and will evaluate where to relocate it, far away from residences.

Locals who live nearby didn’t agree to the new wind farm project, because they were worried about their health, noise and also the visibility within this area will be lost. More than 10.000 signatures were collected by locals to stop the project.

Urirama is the landscape area close to alto vista chapel.

Can you imagine this beautiful backdrop gone forever?

The government wants to invest in renewable energy, but not at the expense of nature and people.

Most likely the wind turbines will be relocated to the current wind farm located in Vader Piet (San Nicolas).

European Companies Interested in Fast Ferry Project

According to the minister of transport, there are a various European companies who are interested in being a part of the fast ferry project for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao).

The companies that showed interested are Fred Olson, Aqua Liner & Waterbus.

Before the project moves forward, the government needs to make an investigation and assessment to find out what is necessary to make the fast ferry project a reality.

Representatives from companies interested to manage the ferry will be on the island to give a presentation to the governmental departments. And afterwards sign an MoU between Aruba, bonaire & Curacao to start the construction of a harbor.

The harbor will be constructed in the area of San Nicolas according to the transport minister.


Border Reopened – Fruits, Fish & Vegetables From Venezuela

The maritime border between Venezuela and Aruba is finally open since June 7, 2018 after being closed since the first week of January 2018.

After the border was reopened the first few small boats transporting fruits and vegetables docked on the island, bringing long awaited goods to local market owners.

When the border was closed, goods had to be imported from USA and other countries, which were way more expensive than from Venezuela.

The government also mentioned that from now on there will be stricter controls when importing goods from venezuela (passengers and goods have to be properly documented).

Aruba Starts To Think About Growing Own Produce

Minister of agriculture made an agreement with experts from Wageningen university to exchange information on agriculture.

This is an effort for Aruba to start growing their own fruits and vegetables, and not depend from importation.

The experts at Wageningen are willing to travel to Aruba so they can investigate the possibilities to grow produce on the island (and what will be required)..

Farmers will also be educated on advanced growing techniques (for the weather conditions in Aruba), and locals who are interested can also learn how to grow fruits and vegetables on their own.

Not only does the minister of agriculture want to make agriculture another pillar in the economy for Aruba in the future, but he also wants to include agriculture in our education.

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Three Areas Designated To Be protected By Marine Park

Decades ago the island started the project to create a marine park in Aruba (both on land and in the ocean). However, only half of the project was completed, the marine park on land which is national park Arikok.

A marine park consists of an area protected to preserve a specific habitat and ensure the ecosystem is sustained for the flora and fauna that exist there.

But now the government is resuming the other half of the project: marine park in the ocean.

There are in total 3 areas destined to be protected by law soon.

The first one is the beaches close to National Arikok.

The second area are the beaches near Sero Colorado, Baby beach, Rogers Beach and Lago Keys (all will be protected because of the corals which have an impact on the sea life).

The third area that will be protected by the marine park will be the beach of Santo Largo, until Spaans Lagoon and Mangel Halto.

This area is located on the south coast of Aruba and contains the largest amount of mangroves on the island (including a reef, great for snorkeling).

This area is also known to have dolphins that pass by to give birth to babies.

How To Kayak The South Coast of Aruba.




Start of Drilling For Gas or Oil

The vessel “West Capella” will start exploring beneath the waters surface for oil or gas this week.

It will explore a site named “Bon Bini” not far from the coastal waters from Aruba.

If you’ve been to the island recently, you’ll notice many drill ships around the coastal waters, and wonder what they are doing there.

These are ships who are waiting to move on to another project, and some of them are researching the surface waters for more explorations like west capella in the future.


Update On Infrastructure Works (Watty Vos Boulevard)

The construction works were restarted, after several weeks of works being stopped for the construction of Watty Vos Boulevard (at the roundabout near Cumana).

According to the director of public works and minister of infrastructure, the works were hindered due to technical issues. However, this has been resolved and works are on again.

Construction near the roundabout at cumana is scheduled to be completed in August.

The department of public works closed the main road L.G. Smith Boulevard (Sasaki Weg), east of Super Food Supermarket (as of May 23, 2018).

And they reopened the L.G. Smith Boulevard west of Tropicana Hotel for traffic in both directions.

The detour will affect traffic from Oranjestad, Noord, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard and San Miguel.

All detours will be indicated by barricades and warnings signs.

The roads near this area are closed, because of a roundabout construction near super food supermarket.

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Here’s a view of the detours on map and the roundabout near super food.

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The current situation near super food.

More Busses For Aruba’s Public Transportation

Minister of transportation recently added more busses to the fleet of Arubus.

The buses are from a Dutch company called connections, which is one of the biggest public transportation company in the Netherlands.

During a recent trip to the Netherlands, the minister managed to buy 9 buses that were not in use by connections, but that are in good condition including air conditioning.

The buses vary between prices, but all nine were acquired for approximately 100.000 euro, instead of $170.000 for one new bus,

The buses from connections will be used only for a transitory phase until at the end of this year, when the fleet of Arubus will be strengthened again with more new buses, according to the minister.

The transportation system in Aruba is easy, if you don’t plan to rent a car you can take the bus to various places around the island (including the top beaches). Retour Card for $5.00, valid for 2 trips on the day of initial use. Day pass for $10.00 valid for unlimited trips on the day of initial use.

Or rent a car on the island (for less than $40.00 a day).

Delta Airlines Opens New Flights From Boston

Delta Airlines adds a new route to Aruba.

The airline inaugurated a new nonstop service between Boston and Aruba (on June 9, 2018)

The new flights, which will operate weekly on Saturdays.

Travelers will now fly in a 737-900 aircraft with a maximum of 180 passengers.

Delta Airlines transported over 130.000 passengers to Aruba in 2017 (an increase of 7.500 travelers compared to 2016).

When are you booking your trip to Aruba?


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The Beach Between Playa Linda & Moomba Will Be Restored

Aruba will  start a big project soon to revitalize and restore the beaches between Playa Linda Beach Resort and Moomba Beach.

The contractor in charge of this is Varadero Aruba.

Varadero is a local market leader in dredging. Their activities include the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, coastal defense and land reclamation. They also provide related engineering and other specialist services, such as, soil improvement and land remediation.

The project is one that has been in the planification stage for nearly 2 years.

The beach has been damaged a little bit by hurricane Matthew back in 2016 and will be restored.

Revitalize and restoring of the beach means taking away the built up mud like sand in certain locations and pumping new fresh sand.

This will be done with the help of a dredging machine.

The entire beach area to be restored will be divided by 6 areas. During the dredging of each section, it will be closed off by gates and signs to warn beach goers of works going on.

Construction works will be done efficiently.and safely not to disturb the beach experience for visitors and locals in this area (and safe for the marine life).

Varadero Aruba has experience in dredging.

About a year ago they completed dredging the surfside beach and did a great job.

The dredging between playa linda beach resort amd moomba beach should be completed within 6 months.




Maritime Border Between Venezuela and Aruba Reopens June 7, 2018

Prime minister of Aruba confirmed that the border between Venezuela and Aruba will be reopened for boats on June 7 (only for importation of certain products).

It’s been almost 6 months since the President of Venezuela closed the border between the ABC islands for commercial transport for air and sea.

The prime minister sent a group of representatives to discuss the possibilities to open the maritime border. And they managed to come to an agreement with the authorities from Venezuela to reopen the border only for the importation of fruits, vegetables and fish.

Both countries will implement stricter controls for importation of goods from Venezuela from now on.

Only boats made for import that has the proper documentation for goods and passengers will be allowed in Aruba.

Aruba Birdlife Conservation Saves Wetland Near Divi Phoenix in Court Case

This week the court ruled in favor of Aruba Birdlife Conservation against Island Estate Reality which wanted to build a mall including parking lot near eagle beach.

The real estate company intended to create a mall including parking lot in front of the Divi Phoenix, however the location is a protected wetland.

Even though the previous minister of infrastructure approved of the project, the court denied the petition for island estate reality to continue with developments in this area.


It’s Still Not Allowed To Use Harpoons

Minister of justice wants to introduce an electronic permit to allow fishing with harpoon.

However, the law can’t yet be implemented, because its not approved yet by different government departments.

Investigations are still going on to decide under which conditions fishermen can use harpoons. All of these requirements still need to be decided upon before approving electronic permit for harpoons.

According to the director of department of nature and environment , it’s still not allowed to use harpoons or spearfish in Aruba.

There’s no specific date to implement the new electronic permits.

You Can Now Rate Service Given By Family Doctors

Minister of public health announced that a app will be launched that rates the quality of service that family doctors give their patients.

This app gives the community the ability to rate on their service and in turn forcing a better quality rendered by their family doctor.

It will be launched on June 14.

The health minister also announced that as of July 1, 2018. The emergency family doctor office located on Eagle will be relocated in the new hospital building close to the ER (with extended opening hours).

Moving the departments together allows for better communication between the doctors, reduces the waiting time and better service for patients.


The Start of Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season started June 1.

The hurricane season didn’t start out yet properly and there’s already a few hurricanes that are predicted.

The peak season for hurricane is between August – October.

Aruba rarely is hit directly by hurricane, because the island is located outside of the hurricane paths.

2018 Atlantic hurricane names on the way – Alberto, beryl, Chris, Debby. Ernesto. Florence, gordon, Helence, Issac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, valerie and William.

Winds Starting To Pick Up

If you’ve been to Aruba before, you know about the islands tradewinds. But expect the winds to be a little stronger during hurricane season.

Beach goers are advised to stay alert for strong winds and currents. Strap any loose object and personal belongings that can easily blow away.

Island Tips – Use these handy beach towel clips to keep your towel from flying away.

Now You Can Fly Winair in Aruba to St.Maarten

Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) confirmed the news that Windward Islands Airways Intl. N.V. (Winair) will start to fly Aruba – St.Maarten as of  July 2018.

Winair is the official airline from St.Maarten.

They will fly from St.Maarten to Aruba via Curacao on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

From Aruba to St.Maarten  via Curaçao on ,Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

All flights will be in a small plane with a capacity of 48 passengers.

Surinam Airways Introduces New Aircraft

Surinam Airways now has a new airplane (737-700).

The new plane has a capacity of 128 passengers, including 8 business class seats and 120 economy seats.

Suriname Airways operates in 6 destinations -Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad & Tobago, Belem (Brazil), Guyana (Georgetown) and Miami.

Flights in the new airplane are scheduled for October 2018.


Aruba’s Youth Honored With Excellence

This week the two brothers (Lacle) and Mishally wever who journeyed the from Netherlands to Singapore by bike were awarded and recognized as “Hobennan Di Excelencia” by the prime minister of Aruba.

They promoted Aruba by having the flag with them the entire way from europe to asia.
The prime minister also awarded a teenager “Haischel Dabian” who managed to win a international blockchain competition 2 times in a row.

New Place To Try Patisserie in The Morning

A new place you should visit when in Aruba just opened on May 25, 2018.

It’s called Aruba Experience Cafe – Patisserie.

A cultural cafe situated in a beautiful cucunu where you can enjoy an excellent coffee with a delicious homemade panini, pan dushi, cakes and more.

The shop is located in one of the oldest houses back then in Aruba (over 150 years old).

Aruba Experience Cafe is located in the downtown area (address – John G Emanstraat 37)

New Slot Machines at Stellaris

Stellaris Casino has 6 new slot machines.

According to the marketing supervisor they are the only Casino in the Caribbean region with this type of new machines.

The new slots are named star rise (3) and wild fury (3). Both machines have a progressive jackpot that pays big!

Are you going to be the one to win it all?

Not only does stellaris have new slot machines, but they also have a “feel good bingo” on Thursday,  Saturday and Sunday




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So your thinking about going kayaking in Aruba?

You’ve made a great choice, because it’s actually one of the most unique ways to see the island from another point of view.

Kayak The Southern Coast of Aruba

Aruba is surrounded by beautiful beaches, the most popular ones are located on the western coast (hotel area), but the beaches that are best for kayaking are at the southern coast of the island.

There’s different reasons the south coast is great for kayaking:

  • Quiet waters and lagoon
  • It has one of the largest mangrove forest on the island
  • Great for sightseeing
  • Plenty of “secret” beaches and reefs to swim and snorkel
  • Beautiful hidden coves along the route
  • Awesome underwater life

What’s it Like Kayaking in Aruba?

Imagine paddling with your friends and family, through a lagoon covered with mangroves.

You’ll “ooh and aah” while you point out to the sites along the kayak route to your fellow kayakers.

You’re going to feel up close and personal with nature as you kayak in this area of Aruba.

What Are You Going To See?

You will notice that the coast is dotted with beautiful green mangroves. These mangroves are important for the marine life.

There’s also a barrier reef  perfect for snorkeling. You’ll be amazed by the underwater life.

From colorful tropical fishes, to corals, sponges, manta rays, star fish, snails, squids, angel fish, parrot fish, zebra fish, trumpet fish, eels, and many other gorgeous underwater creatures.

The southern coast has reefs and secret snorkeling locations that will leave you amazed.

Perfect for underwater photography, don’t forget your underwater camera or waterproof phone cases.

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This could be you….


How To Explore The Southern Coast of Aruba

Are you convinced you should go kayaking in Aruba?

If you’re staying near the low rise or high rise hotel area, you’re going to need:

  • a rental car (including trailer for the kayak)
  • Find and contact rental company
  • Know how to: drive to the south coast, kayak routes and must see spots (and snorkel).

It can be a hassle to transport or rent the kayak.  

All of this can take so much time away from actually going kayaking.

Booking a guided kayak tour is one of the best ways to explore the south coast of Aruba.

Guided Kayak Tours in Aruba

Consider a kayak tour if you’re a beginner at kayaking, don’t know how to get to the southern coast, unknown with the kayak trails or must see spots.

Aruba Kayak Adventure

I recommend booking a guided tour with an established and reputable company – Aruba Kayak Adventures.

They are one of the first kayak companies in Aruba and have many years of experience leading people of all abilities on kayaking.

Kayak Adventure Tour Explained

Aruba Kayak Adventures picks you up at your hotel (including drop off), and take you to the start point of the kayal tour.

After getting to know your guides, they will brief you with full instructions on safety, how to easily get in and out of the kayak, how to paddle and steer.

When you get the hang of it, off you go!

You’ll explore the mangroves at the Spanish Lagoon (legendary for pirate stories) and head out to open waters at Mangel Halto (most beautiful azure waters you’ll see) for a break.

After the break, your guide will take you for a swim and snorkeling at the barrier reef (amazing underwater life)

After you snorkel you will paddle your way back to the launch point and head out for lunch at the islands National Brewery Balashi Beer Gardens.

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Mangel Halto is calling your name…




Rent a Kayak in Aruba

If you’re not that much interested in guided tours, but want to explore the southern coast of Aruba on your own than you should look consider kayak rental in Aruba. 

Aruba Kayak Adventure also rents out kayaks!

Other Places To Kayak When Renting

Besides exploring the southern coast of the island, you can also kayak the western coast beaches like: malmok, tres trapi, and boca catalina bay and arashi.

Kayaking near the western coast of the island,  watch out for boats and stronger currents (and winds).

Kayaking in Aruba can be challenging, basic physical & upper body strength are required.

Always make sure to wear a life vest when kayaking, even if you’re the best swimmer.

Places To Stay Near Southern Coast of Aruba

The southern coast of the island is different than the hotel area. In this part of the island, you’ll get a feeling of living among locals, and close to the beach (plus is more quaint and relaxing). Here’s a few accommodations in the southern coast of the island.

Serene By The Sea

Club Arias Bed & Breakfast

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Thousands of visitors and locals crowded the downtown area craving to taste the best street cuisine during food truck festival in Aruba (April 28 – 29, 2018).

What Is Food Truck Festival in Aruba About?

Food truck festival is all about bringing locals and tourists together to enjoy the best street cuisine from food trucks on the island.

Not only food, but also live music and a kids corner.

It’s one of those perfect island get together for families looking to enjoy an evening out.

Food truck festival takes place once a year in April (2018 was the 2nd edition).

You’ve probably missed it this year.

But keep reading to find out more about the event and what you should expect if you plan to visit next year.

You’ll have an appetite for food trucks in Aruba after reading this!



Food Truck Festival in Aruba 2018

The event was held right in the middle of the downtown area, on plaza daniel leo (in front of Zarra, behind Renaissance Resort & Casino).

All the food trucks were stationed around the plaza, with hungry customers waiting in line to taste new flavor cuisine.

All The Local Favorite Trucks Were On Site

There where a lot food trucks.

Not only food trucks, but also food stands by locals who do pop ups and private catering.

All the local favorites were on site – Eataly, El Mexicano, Candela, Pofferdorie, Nos Local, Burger Joint, Skina Crioyo Snack, E Sushi Hap, Piets, D’abaru, Lit, The Little One, Ice Cream, Gelatissimo, Aged Wine Bar – over 15 different food trucks and stands!



It’s All About Truck Food

The culinary scene in Aruba (including truck food) is influenced by over 75 different nationalities that live on the island.

Truck food offers traditional platters like funchi, carni stoba, oyster soup, seafood platters, BBQ and many more local dishes.

Next to local tradition, the food truck scene is also influenced by the Dutch pancake (poffertjes), fries with mayonnaise (and peanut sauce with onions) and haring.

There’s also wraps, tortillas tacos, burrito, quesadilla ,Tacos, burgers, sushi, various cuisines from different island in the Caribbean, Japanese dishes, Arabic food, and local ice cream.

These are just a few options of what’s available on the island for truck foods, but not limited to what’s mentioned either (so many choices, and many other food trucks weren’t on site).

Delicious steak platter at Piets Super Snack. Fries, steak, pink sauce and small salad on the side with dressing. Oyster soup from Piets was yummy!

Dutch fries with mayonnaise, ketchup or peanut sauce!

A few food stands offered vegetarian cuisine for non meat eaters.

Price For Food

You have to buy tokens to pay for the food.

1 token is 2,50 Aruban florins. (1 USD = 1.75 Aruban florins) – 3 dollars is worth 2 tokens and you get 25 cents back change.

The food at all trucks where minimum 2 tokens, and certain platters ranged up to 3, 4 even 6 tokens.

Soft drinks were 1 token, beers 2 tokens, wine and mixed drinks 3 tokens or more.

Admission to the food truck festival is free.

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Where Can You Find These Food Trucks Outside of Food Truck Festival?

We all have our moments when we crave a late night bite or a fast lunch run from the beach.

Food trucks come in real handy, but  where do you find them?

If you missed this year’s festival, you can still get a taste of Aruba’s street cuisine by visiting the food trucks on the island.

Here’s a few popular food trucks and where to find them.

  • Eataly (in front of Eagle Bowling on sasaki weg)
  • El Mexicano (in front of Lekker restaurant in Palm Beach)
  • Candela (in front of royal plaza in Oranjestad)
  • Burger Joint (located in ponton, close to wema hardware store)
  • Piets Super Snack (in front of Stadium Frans Figaroa in Noord)
  • Happy Appy’s Shoarma & Patat (located close to mangel halto beach)
  • E Sushi Shap (this restaurant is in Tanki Leendert)
  • Ice Cream (stationed at arashi beach)
  • All the other food stands either only do pop up events or private catering services.





What Type of Drinks were Available?

Food truck festival also had a variety of drinks available.

Soft drinks, wine, cocktails and various different types of craft beers.

There was also a stand called LIT that offered plant based drinks infused with locally made rum.

The drink called “kalamara” was refreshing and gets you lit – with hibiscus flower and white rum.

LIT was one of the food stands that had vegetarian options on their menu.

Dish called “crioyo maneuverz” fried okra, squash, pumpkin, black eyed peas, pâté and edible flowers.

Tips For Visiting Food Truck Festival

Your goal is to try as many food trucks as possible before the event ends.

Most likely you’re only going to make it to a few trucks because of the long waiting lines.

How can you get this advantage when hundreds of other people are also waiting in line to try street cuisines?

My tip to you is go early to buy tokens and be the first one in the row for your favorite trucks you want to try.

Or if you’re visiting with a group, split up and order everyone’s favorite separately and enjoy the culinary delights at the dining area.

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My Final Thoughts About Food Truck Festival

If you like to eat, you should plan your trip to Aruba around this event (which takes place in April).

If your trip to Aruba is not during food truck festival, you can still enjoy truck food by visiting their locations around the island.

Bon Appetit!


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